Microsoft is working on an update for Windows 11 that aims to improve power usage and reduce GPU fan usage for multiple monitors. The update, currently being tested, introduces a feature that automatically adjusts the refresh rates on different monitors based on the content being displayed.
This new feature is particularly beneficial for multitasking scenarios, where users may be playing a game on one monitor while simultaneously watching a video on another. By allowing different refresh rates on different monitors, Microsoft aims to address the power draw issue that occurs when running multiple high refresh rate monitors at their maximum potential.
While Nvidia RTX 30- and 40-series Founders Edition cards already have a zero RPM mode, which keeps GPU fans at zero when watching video content on a single monitor, the mode is typically disabled when a second high refresh rate display is added. This results in the fans continuously spinning, creating unnecessary noise and consuming additional power.
To tackle this issue, Microsoft’s update ensures that the zero RPM mode can be maintained even with multiple monitors by dynamically adjusting the refresh rates based on the content being used or shown. This means that users can enjoy a quieter and more energy-efficient experience while using multiple monitors for their tasks.
Currently, users can manually lower the refresh rate of the secondary monitor as a workaround to maintain the zero RPM mode on multiple monitors. However, with this upcoming update, such manual interventions will no longer be necessary.
In addition to multi-monitor enhancements, Windows 11’s latest Canary Channel builds also introduce Dynamic Refresh Rate improvements for laptops. This feature automatically lowers the refresh rate when battery saver mode is enabled, further optimizing power usage and prolonging battery life.
These upcoming updates demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to improving the user experience and optimizing performance on Windows 11. By addressing power consumption and fan usage issues associated with multiple monitors, the tech giant aims to ensure a seamless and energy-efficient computing experience for its users.